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Their Sacrifice for our Freedom

Portsmouth Festivities
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To coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 this presentation entitled “Their Sacrifice for our Freedom” links the sacrifice made in WW1 to the Freedom that we now enjoy. Recounting the establishment of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, their remembrance criteria, their memorials highlighting some of those in Portsmouth and stories behind the headstones.

The presentation outlines also how soldiers became involved in establishing gardens behind the front line as a relief to them from the horror of the trenches. The irony of this is that many of them achieved eternal freedom when they themselves made the ultimate sacrifice and are now buried in the gardens of the war graves cemeteries both here and on the Western Front. See attached biographies of the two presenters